Paper 4

This paper asks you to further revise Paper 1, Paper 2, or Paper 3 while adding a few twists along the way. Regardless of which paper you choose to revise, the entirety of the original assignment still applies. As with our previous papers, Paper 4 will ask you to submit the paper itself and a reflection on the paper. However, our approach to these different aspects will change. You should submit both the Reflection and Paper 4 at the same time via email.

To prepare for your revision work on a previous paper, complete a reflection (minimum 400 words) addressing Harris’s questions on page 99 (he discusses them at greater length on pages 108-121):

  • What’s your project? What do you want to accomplish in this essay? (Coming to Terms)
  • What works? How can you build on the strengths of your draft? (Forwarding)
  • What else might be said? How might you acknowledge other views and possibilities? (Countering)
  • What’s next? What are the implications of what you have to say? (Taking an Approach)

Paper 4
The document you submit for this paper should track the revision work you do. Starting with the previous draft of the assignment (the one that was submitted as either Paper 1, Paper 2, or Paper 3), you should track all of the changes you make to the paper using the “track changes” feature in word processing programs or by hand (see Harris’s discussion of “Tracking Revisions” on pages 103-108). Your work should address the following prompts.

  • You should revise your work based on the insights that came out of the reflection activity. That is, once you have a better understanding of your project in the paper, what works, what else might be said, and what’s next, you should be able to revise your paper to account for and reflect these ideas.
  • You should proofread and edit your paper to ensure your citations are entirely correct and your paper addresses all the following grammatical concerns:
  • Following Harris’s thinking on “taking an approach” from Ch. 4, you should develop a sense of “reflexivity” in your paper through your revisions. For Harris, the notion of reflexivity directs our attention to “those moments in a text when a writer reflects on the choices that she or he has made in taking a certain approach or in making use of a particular term” (85). He also draws on the concept of “metatext—text about text, writing about writing, moments when a writer calls attention to the terms he is using or the moves he is making” (90). Through your revisions, you should incorporate at least three such moments of reflexivity or metatext in your paper. You should highlight these sentences or put them in bold so that they can be easily identified.
  • Harris also discusses acknowledgements in Ch. 4, a place for authors “not only to name the people they wish to thank but to specify what they want to thank them for” (95). At the end of your paper, you should include an “Acknowledgements” page that offers thanks to the various people who helped you and influenced your work.